In all matters it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Russell

The CCRC strives to advance the needs and promote the interests of rural or remotely located communities: by facilitating research, disseminating information to the public, and, providing educational and networking opportunities to the public, and by engaging in public policy dialogue and development activities.

We strive to establish an inclusive gathering place, a place for creativity and meaningful participation.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for our 2022 events schedule! In the meantime, we would love to have your feedback on our website while we work on a website refresh! You can share your thoughts here: Website Survey

From Our Community

Registration is Open for the 2022 Rural Symposium!

The Rural Symposium is an annual opportunity for University of Guelph graduate students to showcase their rural research to policy makers, policy analysts, and program staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The event facilitates knowledge mobilization and network building between graduate students at the University of Guelph, researchers, and OMAFRA. This year’s event will be hosted online through Zoom and will profile student research related to rural Ontario.

The Symposium will take place on Thursday, February 10th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please note that this event is free; however, registration is required

What’s new at the CCRC?

ARTSCAPE DANIELS LAUNCHPAD in Toronto and the CANADIAN CENTRE FOR RURAL CREATIVITY (CCRC) in Blyth, Ontario have a new initiative.

THE RURAL CREATIVES SPRINGBOARD begins January 17, 2022 and is a UNIQUE URBAN/RURAL collaboration between Artscape and the CCRC. The Springboard spotlights and supports diverse voices of creative entrepreneurship across Canada.

The 3-month virtual program, with bursaries for 30 participants, will connect practicing artists, social entrepreneurs and other creatives from rurally/remotely situated places, and focus on delivering a balance of technical training, creative mindset-building, with opportunities for networking, industry connections, co-creation, peer support and one-on-one mentorship.
Other benefits include a 12-month membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad and the CCRC – with an invitation to participate in the Rural Talks to Rural conference in November 2022.

Please share this application link to the rural creatives/entrepreneurs you know…

Missed the launch of RADICAL? Listen to the first episode HERE so you’re ready to join us for episode two coming in November!

In August, the CCRC hosted its first information session about the Social Innovation Hub (SIH) we are building as one of the three pillars for the organization. It is a vital step in our reset – something that began at the Rural Talks to Rural conference in November of 2020. SIH is a connector for relationships, networks and capacity development for rural changemakers through learning, sharing and co-creating.

These actions support rural well-being and foster vibrant rural communities and inspire radical change. At its core the Hub is a place for collaboration, creativity, action and transformation. A first public presentation of the proposal took place virtually and is available online now! Check it out.

Want to join the CCRC conversation?

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